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Pollution Exclusion

Insured Survives Summary Judgment Motion on Three Pollution Exclusion Exceptions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating how an insured can counter the insurer’s pollution exclusion arguments in coverage disputes, a federal court in Illinois held that an insured chemical company succeeded in raising genuine issues of material fact...more

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Pollution Exclusion

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Missouri Supreme Court has unanimously held a pollution exclusion to apply in a dispute between a lead smelting company and one of its insurers. Doe Run Resources Corporation faced litigation alleging that its smelting...more

Washington Supreme Court Reaffirms that Pollution Exclusions Do Not Bar Insurance Coverage Where Negligence Is the Primary Cause...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On August 17, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court declined to reconsider its recent landmark ruling in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Co. RRG, 393 P.3d 748 (Wash. 2017), that an absolute pollution exclusion in an...more

New Jersey Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable to Unintentional Contamination

In its recent decision in Benjamin v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131078 (D.N.J. Aug. 17, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the scope of the...more

Poisoning the Well: Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause to Eviscerate Pollution Exclusion in Liability...

by Carlton Fields on

Professionals and practitioners in first party property insurance are likely familiar with the efficient proximate cause rule, which requires an insurance policy to provide coverage where “a covered peril sets in motion a...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Pollution Caused by Covered and Uncovered Causes

In its recent decision in Matter of Midland Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5065 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t June 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider the...more

Second Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Sewage-Related Claims

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Inc. Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9729 (2d Cir. May 31, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

Absolute Pollution Exclusion—Not So Absolute

by Perkins Coie on

Slapping insurers with breach of contract and bad faith, Washington state’s highest court recently found that a general liability policy’s so-called “absolute” pollution exclusion may not be so absolute. In Xia et al. v....more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

CGL’s “pollution exclusion” applies to “harsh soaps”: Oregon federal court

by Butler Snow LLP on

The latest round in the fight over the CGL’s “pollution exclusion” — which well-respected commentator Craig F. Stanovich has called “one of the least understood and most litigated portions” of the CGL — went to the insurance...more

Oregon Federal Court Decides Carbon Monoxide Incident Is Excluded by Pollution Exclusion

by Selman Breitman LLP on

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon has determined that carbon monoxide from a natural gas swimming pool heater is a pollutant within the meaning of a commercial general liability insurance policy....more

Connecticut Appellate Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Coverage for Asbestos Liabilities

by Jones Day on

Manufacturers with asbestos liabilities should pay attention to the March 7, 2017, ruling in R.T. Vanderbilt Company v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company by the Connecticut Appellate Court. While the court issued...more

Eighth Circuit Pollution-Exclusion Opinion a Cautionary Tale for Natural Gas Industry

by Reed Smith on

The interpretation and application of a pollution exclusion in a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy is often a fact-specific and jurisdiction-specific exercise. That said, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth...more

In Alabama, Sewage is NOT a Pollutant Falling Within the Pollution Exclusion in a Commercial General Liability Policy

by Butler Snow LLP on

Pollution exclusion clauses are an insurance industry staple and are often contained in commercial general liability insurance policies. While one might think that raw sewage would be considered a pollutant, under current...more

In Indiana, an Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Exclude Absolutely Nothing

by Carlton Fields on

A recent article in the Sports section of The Miami Herald read “Shooting coach helps Winslow.” Perhaps, but it probably didn’t help the coach much. The admonition to “eat every carrot and pea on your plate” undoubtedly...more

Despite Pollution Exclusion, Insurer On Hook for Contamination in Indiana

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Northern District of Indiana rejected the insurer’s assertion that its pollution exclusion clauses unambiguously included all contaminants. Indiana, unlike other jurisdictions, is pro-insured when...more

Indiana Court Concludes Broad Pollution Exclusion Is Ambiguous

In its recent decision in Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96361 (N.D. Ind. July 25, 2016), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana had...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Love Canal Claims

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75958 (W.D.N.Y. June 10, 2016), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York had occasion to consider...more

Oregon Environmental Update: 9th Circuit Finds a Request for Information Letter From EPA Satisfies "Suit" Requirement and Triggers...

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On May 11, 2016, in Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., No. 14-35298, in an unpublished Memorandum Opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that under Oregon Law, Liberty Mutual and USF&G...more

North Carolina Court Holds PCB Pollution Not Sudden and Accidental

In its recent decision in PCS Phosphate Co. v. Am. Home Assur. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50389 (E.D.N.C. Apr. 14, 2016), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina had occasion to consider...more

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Lead Paint Injury

In its recent decision in Georgia Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Smith, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 245 (Ga. Mar. 21, 2016), the Supreme Court of Georgia had occasion to consider whether under Georgia law, the pollution exclusion applies to...more

Lead in Drinking Water: Insurance Coverage Issues

The tragic water crisis in Flint, Michigan raises grave concerns as to the lurking hazards posed by our nation’s aging infrastructure. There are an estimated six million lead service lines in operation in the United States. ...more

Arizona Court Holds Pollution Inapplicable to Faulty Plumbing Claims

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. James River Ins., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19076 (D. Ariz. Feb. 16, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Arizona had occasion to consider the application of...more

Can Insurance Help You Pay for Coal-Fired Power Plant Decommissioning?

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The environmental remediation costs of decommissioning a coal-fired power plant can be chillingly high—in one proposal we recently reviewed, the environmental costs of a 45-year-old plant with four ash ponds approached $30...more

Texas Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in In re: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, 2016 Bank. LEXIS 201 (S.D. Tex. Bankr. Jan. 20, 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas had occasion to consider the application...more

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